Lake of the Isles

Lake, Park, Dog Run
775 Highway 47 S (btw Lake St & Franklin Ave)
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(320) 676-3617
Monday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday
8:00am - 12:00pm

Tips

  • The lake was created in its current form in the early 20th century by dredging a small lake & marsh complex. The 2.86 miles of shoreline are publicly owned & averages 5.5 million visitors annually.
  • I've been circumnavigating this lake since 1959, w/o supervision since 1962. It's just under 3 miles around, and the two bridges over the lagoons from Cedar & to Calhoun are great viewing spots.
  • Canoe Lake of the Isles while admiring the beautiful houses along the shore.
  • Use the outer lane for biking and blading and the inner lane for walking and jogging please! Safety first!
  • Outdoor yoga at 7 on the east side of the lake - $5 suggested donation. It's wonderful!
  • Great lake for running or walking. Watch for rude cyclists who own the road. Great dog park and plenty of spots for them to take a dip. Not as crowded as Lake Calhoun, no beaches.
  • Go for a run, bike ride, or walk during sunset... there is just nothing better
  • The Lake of the Isles skating rink provides an opportunity to imitate either end of the ice-skating spectrum. Voted as Best Place to Ice Skate by City Pages in 2010
  • The irregular shoreline makes for a more interesting "around the lake walk" than either Calhoun or Harriet. If you really want a hike, also walk around neighboring Cedar Lake.
  • I like running here more than Calhoun. It's less crowded and the windy paths make a routine workout feel like an adventure.
  • North Face is making a killing off these people! Apparently required for walking around these lakes. Zzzzzzzz.
  • Must try the running or biking path.
  • great for jogging around and biking on the lake parkway
  • Great and beautiful place for kayaking and paddle boarding!
  • Way less crowded than Calhoun for biking and jogging. Less windy on the water too!
  • Do anything here, but please clean up when you or your pet is done! :-)
  • sit, relax, and enjoy the views then rent bikes at the nice ride dock between the two lakes and zoom around the lake
  • One of the prettiest lake walks nearby and not as busy as Calhoun. There's plenty of parking around the lake.
  • Really pretty houses
  • Fresh air, clear blue sky's great for a quick hike

Nearby places

3000 E Calhoun Pkwy (btwn Lake St. & 38th St. W.)
1007 W Franklin Ave (Hennepin Ave. S.)
2440 Hennepin Ave (at Fremont Ave S)